Our residency program has generous, dedicated educational time, including a comprehensive didactic schedule to provide a solid foundation of anesthesia knowledge and skills

The general pattern of didactics each week is below.


4:30 p.m.

Resident Didactic Series (Lecture, Problem-based Discussion, or Journal Club)


6:45 a.m.

Resident-led Keywords Review; Mock Oral Exams (at least twice per year)

4:30 p.m.

Simulation Session


7:00 a.m.

Department Grand Rounds

7:45 a.m.

Clinical Conference (Morbidity & Mortality)

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday afternoons are allocated for further interactive learning opportunities or specialty conferences (such as fiber-optic airway workshops, ACLS and neonatal resuscitation courses and subspecialty fellowship lectures.*


4:30 p.m.

Resident Didactic Series (Lecture, Problem-based Discussion, or Journal Club)

*Our Cardiac Anesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine divisions host advanced fellowship lectures for both clinical fellows and residents on these rotations. Management of complex patients encountered in these rotations as well as advances in equipment, research and techniques are discussed.

Resident Root Cause Analysis Program

Guided by faculty mentors, all CA-2 residents work in teams of 2-3 to perform an industry-standard Root Cause Analysis around events with potential or actual patient harm. After they review cases of adverse events in the department, interview people, gather information, and identify problems and areas for improvement, they devise a solution and present their findings to the department during Grand Rounds. This immersive three-month investigation exposes residents to a commonly used method of quality improvement.


Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (Education Division)
P: 617-667-5048
F: 617-667-5050
Email: mcahill2@bidmc.harvard.edu

 "I think that our department is unique in that resident education is made a top priority. In addition to mentorship and OR teaching, there is an extra effort made by the attendings to relieve us for daily lecture, which is supported by the department heads. We receive major texts for rotations that we are on, and there are ample funds for education materials and conferences. This amount of dedication to the residents makes it an enjoyable and special place for training."
-CA-2 Resident